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Raleigh middle school student accused of extortion

Posted June 6, 2011

— A Raleigh middle school student is under investigation for allegedly soliciting photos of female students and threatening to post them online, according to a search warrant returned Monday.

The boy, who isn't identified because he is a juvenile, shared the images with others and posted at least one of the photos on a social networking site, investigators said, to threaten and intimidate a female student.

Authorities are looking at potential charges that include extortion and cyberbullying.

Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, confirmed that the child is a student at Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School.

He was suspended after a disciplinary hearing that found him guilty of sexually harassing, extorting and cyberbullying female students, the search warrant states.

Investigators said in the warrant that school administrators received a tip on April 28 that the boy was showing the photos on his cellphone. A staff member confiscated the phone and notified the school's resource officer.

Authorities seized from the boy's home an Apple MacBook and Apple iPod Touch.

Evans would not comment specifically about the case but said, in general, that the school system does not tolerate such behavior.


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  • emopuppy123 Jun 10, 2011

    I am a student here too, (lol not as of this moment, its summer break ;P) But i heard about this, its shocking, nothing like this usually happens over there.... this straight up shocked me!

  • Countrygirl11 Jun 9, 2011

    I am a student at Martin Middle School and I know a lot of the people who did this. Some were threatened by him saying that if they didn't give him more, then he would put the pics he already had of them online.....they shouldn't have given him pictures in the first place! I get that some girls did it because their friends were in danger but thats bad judgement on all of their parts.

  • KAR1971 Jun 8, 2011

    I am also a Martin parent and my daughter is an 8th grader and knows all of these children well. What amazes me is that people are saying the girls should be charged as well. First of all, it is wrong that a teenager is taking nude photos of herself, but if she sends to someone with the intention that it will be seen by only that person, how is that pornography? When the boy decided to show these photos it became pornography and no longer private. I am not saying I agree, I'm just saying that it is absurd to want to charge the girls as well. Especially if it can be proven that boy bullied them into sending more.

  • bombayrunner Jun 7, 2011

    Isn't it the strangest thing when smart people do weird crimes. This one is the same as that UNC kid last month but he did it with boys pictures. creepy and weird ... then they go find a cure for some disease.

  • agsoccer24 Jun 7, 2011

    let me say this:

    i attend school with these kids and the girl involved actually lives in my neighborhood

    the kid (yah ik who it is same with the girl) is in (or was) in my 8th period, and im just not sure if this can be believed, but the girl would never do this

    anddddd musthavecoffee.....your excused because at the gifted and talented school of martin middle, we learn how to deal with inconsiderate people like you

  • THeelBrn Jun 7, 2011

    If he is a juvenile and cannot be identified, why even report it?

  • packersfan4life Jun 7, 2011

    What is it with these kids taking naked pics of themselves? Weird.

  • musthavecoffee Jun 7, 2011

    "It just goes to show you that "gifted" children have no common sense."

    Yes, because stereotyping is a good way to address the issue.

  • kre2 Jun 7, 2011

    It just goes to show you that "gifted" children have no common sense. Both of the kids should be charged with producing and distibuting pronography. The parents (both party) should be charged with contirbuting to the delinguishy of minor for giving the kids to ability to commit the crime.

    You want to crub this kind of acitvity, charge both with sex crimes and let them live with that the rest of their lives. Her for creating child pronography and him for distribution it.

  • shortcake53 Jun 7, 2011

    Who gave these kids permission to act this way? BOTH of them. It all goes back to no discipline at home, no guidance about what is acceptable behavior and what is not, not being taught self respect or what consequences are. And I believe the reason for this is parents being afraid to discipline due to threats of being accused of abuse. If parents could discipline the way they should, you would see a drastic change in this "I do what I want" attitude. If a kid is misusing a cellphone, then the phone should go. period.